§ 45. Sir C. Osborne
asked the President of the Board of Trade why he twice refused the British Footwear Manuturers Federation's request that investment grants should be made available on knives, lasts and dies as sets, and not as individual items, since separately they cost under £25 each, and therefore do not qualify, whereas they represent 50 per cent. of the British footwear industry's expenditure on plant and machinery, and are always bought in sets.
§ Sir C. Osborne
In view of the fact that the industry has a very good export record and that it feels that there is a serious grievance here, would the President of the Board of Trade himself see a deputation from the Federation if I could arrange for one to visit him?
§ Mr. Patrick Jenkin
But is it not a fact that the High Court has declared that the minimum value rule was a misuse of the powers of the Board of Trade under the Act? What reactions has the President of the Board of Trade had to the judgment of the High Court in the British Oxygen case? Are they going to defy 219 that judgment, as they have sought to defy other judgments?